Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #135) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #135)
Transcript: die dancing) and which consisted mainly dof former members of the CP and which was led by Macdonald Maseko. At the time I was National President of the Youth League and the Bafabegiya was in my proposed election a triumph of extreme nationalism in the politics of the ANC. Happily the bulk of the former members of the CP did not share this sectarian approach and together with other delegates returned me with an overwhelming majority. J.B. Marks, who had been forced to resign because of his ban supported my candidacy. John P.motshabi became the provincial secretary.
I was unable to attend the National Conference because a few days before the conference I was banned from attending meetings and restricted to the district of Johannesburg for six months. This was the first of a series of bans on me which continued with brief intervals of freedom of movement in between until I went underground in 1961.
In 1951 I worked for the legal firm of Messrs Helman and Michel who probably ran a practice with the largest African clientele in Johannesburg at the time. For some time before I joined them I investigated the scale of fees charged by various white legal firms in that city and was shocked to discover that many of them charged Africans even higher fees for criminal and divorce cases than they charged white clients. Messrs Helman and Michel was one of the few firms that had a reasonable scale and donated handsomely to projects relating to African education. When I qualified I joined the firm of H.M. Basner, a representative of the Africans in the Senate and a popular attorney in the Transvaal. As a Boss he was an excellent man and I gained a lot of
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